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Blame rains down as Cape Town counts down to zero

Blame rains down as Cape Town counts down to zero

Cape Town, South Africa's water supply has decreased even further than predicted, pushing up the estimated date when water taps could turn dry.

Cape Town last week drastically cut water restrictions again from 87 litres a person per day to 50 litres - about two-and-a-half standard buckets - as it continues to struggle with a lack of rains that traditionally filled catchment areas and supplied the city and surrounding areas.

As things stand, Day Zero is projected to occur on 12 April - moved forward from the previous estimation of 21 April 2018.

Still, the severe drought impacting Cape Town residents now is not an anomaly, as experts believe this is the city's new normal.

Residents of Cape Town, one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, could be forced to queue for emergency water by April as the city battles its worst drought for a century.

The company says it will also keep its Springs Way water-collection point in Newlands open 24/7.

Unfortunately, residents are already on edge, with legal restrictions keeping them from using more than 13 gallons per day.

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A typical shower uses 15 litres per minute while a standard toilet consumes up to 15 litres per flush, according to WaterWise, a South African water usage awareness campaign. But she warned on January 18: "Despite our urging for months‚ 60% of residents are callously using more than the 23 gallons per day".

Management of the water crisis has been taken away from embattled mayor Patricia de Lille, and given to a DA-led team.

"It is quite unbelievable that a majority of people do not seem to care and are sending all of us headlong towards Day Zero".

At that point, the city's 3.7 million residents would have to line up at one of 200 locations for a rationed supply of clean water.

"And we have been pleading the ith national government to fulfil their responsibility of bulk water provision", said Zille.

In a statement on the situation, South African Tourism said: "South African Tourism would like to thank the many tourists and tourism businesses that have heeded the call to reduce their water usage over the festive season - while urging them to not lose steam".

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